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Outrageous Orchid

About this design:

I really like using these tubes in wrap bracelets lately. I just got these crystal rondelles and they went perfectly with the ruby crazy lace agate! Luckily the square mix beads are 13mm like the tubes so I used one as the focal. I know it's sort of blingy and out of my comfort zone but I'm trying out different looks for these tubes. Please tell me honestly what you think!


Ruby Crazy Lace Agate square and tubes, 6mm metallic gold raspberry crystal rondelles, 2mm red brown leather and One-G thread all from LB. Bronze flower button from Button Jones on Etsy.

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  1. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Oooh – I love it – love the colors – like a wild tropical sunset – beautiful!

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Absolutely Awesome!! The color is spectacular and the tubes are working great in these bracelets. Love the addition of the crystals and focal bead as they really give some ‘POP’! Hubby was hovering in the room and turned toward the computer–saw your bracelet and exclaimed “Oooo, that is so cool!”

  3. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    This just popped off the page at me! I LOVE the colors! Its so vibrant and gorgeous!

  4. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Judy, CC and Beadling! I like your descriptor of a wild tropical sunset! That’s awesome! CC, your hubby likes it too, is high praise indeed! ;)

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I like the different variations of beads.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the crystal beads mixed in with the agate, give it a bit of an edge! The leather and button are a perfect finish for a beautiful bracelet!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am loving your use of the tube beads! The color and texture is fab!

  8. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love it. So beautiful.

  9. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love it! Does the big square one have 2 holes, too?

  11. deleted
    deleted says:

    The rondelles work great with the agate – you’ve used them in just the right amount and placement for an eye-catching design.

  12. Copenhagen Statement
    Copenhagen Statement says:

    I LOVE the colors.

    Will HAVE to make a pink bracelet soon :-)

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Not only do I love this, Angela, I have the perfect top to wear with it – - – this is indeed gorgeous and will bet it finds a home soon !

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    WOW! Raspberries and chocolate! Perfection!
    I love it and wanna’ try it!

    Pray tell Angela, do you have a trick to keep those tubes and rondelles from turning side ways in this type of design? I struggle with larger beads like this moving around. (And yes, I do try to keep the stitches tight.)

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    The tubes and leather sets off the bling perfectly, I think! Just lovely! Looks kinda VERY professional!

  16. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    I’m drooling over this, gorgeous!! The colors really do pop against the leather!! Going into my faves!!

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    L Pekuri says:

    Really nifty how the sizes coordinated, and the colors are sultry.

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    S Quinn says:

    Gorgeous colors and design! Thanks for sharing

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Angela, this is outrageously gorgeous, definitely a fave :D

  20. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Outrageous, is right! Love those colors with the little bit of sparkle from the crystals. Great design, JC!

  21. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Oops, I mean Angela!

  22. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for our wonderful input! I really appreciate them all!

    Becky, the squares have only one hole, which I sanded more open with a dremel so it would not wear/cut against the thread. Speaking of which, Mary S. I decided to restring this using .4mm C-Lon, not because it was not strong, but because it had a little play, like you say with yours and decided to go back to the C-Lon which makes it more stout. I like it’s structure much better now and it feels VERY strong. It is still very supple on he arm. I you need any advice with this just ask! :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Gotcha, .4mm C-Lon.
    Thank you so much Angela for the tip! :-D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh, one more question; what size needle works best with .4mm C-Lon? Thanks again, Angela. :-)

  25. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Hey Mary S! You don’t need a needle for stringing the beads because it’s stiff enough on it’s own. But I use a tapestry needle (size 22) to string the ends though the knot at the end, then apply some GS Hypo cement inside the knot for extra measure.

  26. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Angela, you answered the question I had as you answered Mary S! I had wondered whether you tied the C-lon with the knot of the leather or pushed it through some how! I kept coming back trying to figure it out–now I know! :)

  27. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    Love, love, love this! Sometimes one crazy color is all you need!

  28. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is just gorgeous. The mono color design is perfect – and especially since you use different sizes and shapes. Its just lovely.

  29. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The orchid may be outrageous but the design is fantastic! Love it! :D

  30. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Love everything about it.

  31. GemVibes aka Cat Tayler
    GemVibes aka Cat Tayler says:

    Very beautiful! Love the design & color. Just enough bling to make it pop even more. I love it. Well done!

  32. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    WOW! What a magnificent color and design! Love the square focal and the raspberry Czech glass is luscious with the ruby agate. Outstanding piece, Angela!!

  33. Jewelrybyirina
    Jewelrybyirina says:


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